Bantry House and Garden in West Cork, Ireland

The Bantry House and Garden is located in Co. Cork along the Wild Atlantic Way.

The second Earl of Bantry and Mary, his wife, traveled to the continent with notebooks and sketchbooks to bring home ideas for recreating their own palazzo by the water.

Standing there and overlooking the Bantry Bay (a deep-water gulf extending for 30 km to the west), it really had a Mediterranean feel to it. Add the sunshine, and the breeze from the water, and your mind might easily get transported to a more southern location.

Bantry House Park

This is the back door of the manor. Behind these big windows is a beautiful library.

Bantry House back

The dining room at the Bantry House.

Bantry House dining room

The photo was taken behind the gate to the staples. No matter where, the southern feeling was always there.

Bantry House gate

The Bantry Manor Garden is splendid and well cared for.

Bantry House hedges

We climbed the famous Hundred Steps (there are 103 steps) to the top of the seven terraces. The house itself sits on the third terrace.

Bantry House steps

The euro 11  adult entrance ticket was really worth it.

Where to find Ocean Glass in West Cork, Ireland

On each trip to the sea, I always look for ocean glass (a.k.a. sea glass, Mermaids’ Tears). In County Cork, I got lucky in the town of Schull.

Schull, Ireland

Schull, Ireland

Right next to the ferry port, there is a tiny beach area, and there was a lot of ocean glass among the rocks and pebbles.

A large group of Spaniards, I suppose they were students of English, were lounging around. Then one of the young men helped me in my search. He brought me a new glass shard – he probably thought I was cleaning up the beach area. I politely accepted it.

Ocean glass from Schull, Ireland

Ocean glass from Schull, Ireland

This was the only place, where I could find any ocean glass in West Cork.

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